As a city girl, I often used to wonder whether it would be worth it to trade technology, fast food, razzle and dazzle, parties, easy access to processed foods, clothes and products, comfort, laziness, the convenience of a ‘safe’gym, easy access to fashion, clothing and most uncomfortably. Money. Trading it all in. Leaving it all behind. Why do we have such a problem letting go of these things. Is it possible to live with out money? All these conveniences seem designed to hold me a slave to the money machine, the man. I think its made harder by the fact that we are raised to believe there is no alternative, nature is for holidays, not for everyday living. The older I get though, and since embracing veganism, living with compassion, the more I have questioned these ideals I have been force fed my entire life, the things I have been taught to want and ‘need’. I have been catching myself thinking lately, I would be happy living off grid in the middle of nowhere, growing my own food, doing something where I’m not tied down to a computer all day, I could dance when ever I liked, mountains would be my stairclimber, the peaks my yoga studio, trails my treadmill, rivers my row machine. I could live without the latest phone, tech etc, Im sure…Fashion well lets not go there, there is so much that’s wrong with the industry, I am actually fearful of buying new clothes, thinking continuously about where they come from, what they are made of, ethical and vegan? Its a tough combination of requirements to meet. Glitz and glam? I don’t know. If you had the choice to live this way, to be rid of the chains of convenience, would you do it? What would you do to afford the things you cannot grow or make yourself?